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    Suicide in the Trenches

    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

    Siegfried Sassoon

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    1. pdjsphotos 42 months ago | reply

      jenny - the shot is superb and the poem so powerful with it too!

    2. quiksilver_ice (more out than in!) 42 months ago | reply

      Outstanding image - I think I will just stay silent for a couple of minutes.

    3. Trev Grant 42 months ago | reply

      At the going down of the sun and in the morning....

      A great tribute and poem.
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      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    4. Bkort photography 42 months ago | reply

      Excellent clarity and bokeh

    5. ammgramm 42 months ago | reply

      Just lovely.

    6. Chris H# 42 months ago | reply

      Wow, stunning shadow, light colour...just perfect!

    7. ATSICHLAS (Busy) 42 months ago | reply

      Fantastic close up, so artistic !

    8. m|kay (on/off) 42 months ago | reply

      so pretty and so delicate... fascinating shot, congrats!

    9. Mukumbura 42 months ago | reply

      Lest we forget.

    10. adrians_art 42 months ago | reply

      Beautiful tribute with this image Jen!

    11. * p_OO_f *™ (CLOSED - Do Not Add) 42 months ago | reply

      totally amazing. i see a few poppies around, i wonder which continent they grow at right now. australia?

      hahah

      wonderful!!

    12. VitalyModlo 42 months ago | reply

      simple and beautiful

    13. tlate hiin 42 months ago | reply

      beautiful memory of summer... wonderful focus!

    14. Pamela Aquilani 42 months ago | reply

      Strong poem...beautiful flower.

    15. dominique.walterson 41 months ago | reply

      very beautiful tribute and love the poem too

    16. Judy Gayle 41 months ago | reply

      Well done.Simple,moving and beautiful.Such a tribute to our fallen heroes.Lest we forget.

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